After weeks of rumors linking France international Blaise Matuidi with a move away from Paris Saint Germain, it looks like the central midfielder will stay in Paris ahead of the upcoming 2016/17 season.
Matuidi has been linked with a host of top European clubs, including Juventus, Manchester United, and Arsenal. However, new PSG manager Unai Emery has recently come out and said that the French midfielder will be staying with PSG.
In a news conference ahead of his side’s opening Ligue 1 match against Bastia, Emery spoke about the Matuidi saga. “I want the best players with me, with the squad and with PSG. Matuidi is one of them. He’s a good player, he’s part of the identity of the club,” said Emery. “He’s one of the leaders and capable of being captain. My opinion is clear, I want him to stay. The decision [over Matuidi’s future] comes down to three elements: the club, the player and the team. Me, I want him to stay. He’s very important.”
Blaise Matuidi has been with PSG since 2011 and has made 187 appearances for the French champions and has scored 14 goals. The 29-year-old is highly regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world and will be key to PSG’s success next season.
PSG president and CEO Nasir Al-Khelaifi also confirmed the club’s intention to keep hold of their star midfielder, “He is important to the club, to the supporters. He is also a France international. We have a good relationship. He is the heart of the club, a pillar. We are not discussing Blaise’s departure.”
PSG’s first Ligue 1 match comes tomorrow when they travel to the island of Corsica to face SC Bastia. It is expected that Matuidi will be on the team sheet for that game, but he is unlikely to feature as he is just returning from his extended holiday due to the Euros.